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This presentation is part of the 2012 National Highway Research Priorities Webinar Series.

Livability and Sustainability

Coordination of Highway Research with University Transportation Centers (UTCs)
May 9, 2012

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Michael F. Trentacoste
Associate Administrator for
Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T)
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)


Coordination of Highway Research with University Transportation Centers (UTCs) - Michael F. Trentacoste, Associate Administrator for Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - Webinar on National Highway Research Priorities May 9, 2012


Webinar Series Topics and Dates

  1. State of Good Repair, March 28th
  2. Economic Competitiveness, April 5th
  3. Safety, May 8th
  4. Livability and Sustainability, May 9th
  5. Policy and Innovative Financing, May 10th

Invited Participants

Host and Presenters


Webinar Purpose


Thanks for Your Participation

Thanks to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) for this opportunity to communicate priorities to the UTCs

For more information about UTC participation, contact:
Debra Elston, 202-493-3181
www.fhwa.dot.gov/research


Visit our Web Site at www.fhwa.dot.gov/research


Livability and Sustainability - Mike Culp, Team Leader, Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team - 2012 National Highway Research Priorities Webinar Series - May 9, 2012


Topics Covered in Presentation


What is Livability?

Livability is about using the quality, location, and type of transportation facilities and services available to help achieve broader community goals such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safe streets. This includes:


What are Livable Communities?

Places that have a variety of housing and transportation choices with destinations close to home.

"Livable Communities are where people have access to many different forms of transportation and affordable housing...."
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary, Ray LaHood

See www.dot.gov/livability for more on USDOT's perspective.


Partnership for Sustainable Communities (PSC)


PSC 2012 Focus Areas


What is FHWA's Role?


FHWA's Progress

Awareness Building

Webinars

Capacity Building


Areas of Consideration by UTCs


Overview of Sustainability

Venn Diagram showing the inter-relationships between social, environmental, and economic needs.


What is a Sustainable Highway System?


Sustainability and FHWA


Sustainability and the Project Lifecycle

Graphic of the Project Lifecycle showing System Planning & Processes, Project Development, and Transportation Systems Management, Operations & Maintenance.


Examples of Sustainable Practices


Sustainable Highways Initiative


What is INVEST?

IN-VEST - Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool

A web-based, self-evaluation tool for measuring sustainability over the life cycle of a transportation project or program—from system and project planning through design and construction, to operations and maintenance


INVEST Goals


Overview of INVEST


Evolution of INVEST


Pilot Testing of INVEST


INVEST Pilot Test Locations

Map of the Unit States' INVEST Pilot Test Locations and the different testing criteria to include System Planning (SP), Project Development (PD), Operations and Maintenance (OM), and Independent  test of Beta/Pilot version.


Lessons Learned from Pilots


Changes for INVEST 1.0


Project Development Criteria


Operations & Maintenance Criteria


System Planning Criteria


Ways INVEST can be used


Next Steps


Areas of Consideration by UTCs


Climate Change and Transportation

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation

Climate Change Adaptation


End Sector GHG Emissions

Pie chart of end sector Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Transportation (27%), Industry (20%), Agriculture (7%), Commercial (6%), Residential (5%), Electricity Generation (33%).
Source: U.S. EPA, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 (U.S. EPA, 2011)


Transportation-Related GHG Emissions

Pie chart of Transportation-Related GHG Emissions.  Light-Duty Vehicles (61%), Motorcycles (.1%), Buses (.6%), Freight Trucks (19%), Aircraft (11%), Ships and Boats (4.4%), Rail (2.1%), Pipelines (1.8%), Lubricants (.4%).
Source: U.S. EPA, Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2009 (U.S. EPA, 2011)


What is the full array of transportation strategies to reduce GHG?

Five GHG "legs"

  1. Vehicle efficiency
  2. Low-carbon fuels
  3. Reductions in travel (including land use)
  4. Vehicle/System Operations
  5. Construction, Maintenance, and Agency Operations

Examples

  • Higher fuel economy standards
  • CA's low carbon fuel standard
  • Less travel, could be in part due to land use changes
  • Signalization, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Eco-driving
  • Materials, maintenance practices

FHWA Mitigation Activities


What Climate Changes Will Impact Transportation?


Why Does FHWA Care About Climate Change Adaptation?


FHWA Adaptation Initiatives


Regional Climate Change Effects (2010)

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/climate/climate_effects/


FHWA Vulnerability Assessment Framework

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/climate/conceptual_model62410.htm


Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Pilot Locations

Map of the United States showing Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk and Assessment Pilot locations to include Washington; Central Coastal, New Jersey; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Oahu, Hawaii; San Francisco, California.


New Jersey Pilot Results

Map from NJTPA showing the Central Coastal, New Jersey area and the Pilot study inundation impact results.

Source: Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of New Jersey's Transportation Infrastructure:
http://www.njtpa.org/Plan/Element/Climate/FHWAConceptualModel.aspx


Gulf Coast Project

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/climate/gulf_coast_study


Areas of Consideration by UTCs


Exploratory Advanced Research


Human Behavior and Travel Choices


Technology, Advanced Policies for Energy and Resource Conservation


Integrated Highway System Concepts (Connected Systems)


Breakthrough Concepts in Material Science


Summary: Areas of Consideration by UTCs


Any questions?

For more information, contact:
Sustainability and Climate Change: Mike Culp, 202-366-9229
http://www.sustainablehighways.dot.gov/
www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/climate/

Livability: Gabe Rousseau, 202-366-8044
www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability

 

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